Clinical Practice Policies
All candidates will be required to complete one semester of full-day clinical practice for a total of 12 credit hours. Elementary candidates seeking endorsement in more than one area must complete clinical practice in each field of certification.
Application for clinical practice must be made during the fall or spring term preceding the semester of clinical practice. Admission to clinical practice is by application only. Applicants cannot be considered for placement unless all application materials are submitted by October 1 for spring clinical practice and February 15 for fall clinical practice.
Candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in order to be eligible for clinical practice.
A grade of "C" or better is required in those courses listed on the candidate's program of study as professional education courses, teaching area courses for secondary candidates, and specialization courses for elementary candidates.
Candidates must have passed the Basic Skills test or PPST prior to admission to teacher preparation.
Candidates must have completed all of their course work prior to clinical practice.
All elementary special education candidates will be required to complete one semester of clinical practice at the elementary level before applying for special education clinical practice. All secondary education candidates who are earning endorsement in special education will be required to complete one semester of clinical practice in their other content area before applying for clinical practice in special education.
Grades of "D," "F" and "I" must be removed prior to clinical practice in all course work listed on the candidate's program of study as professional education, teaching areas for secondary candidates and specialization areas for elementary candidates. Candidates receiving "D's," "F's and "I's" are responsible for contacting the advising office upon receiving said grades if they are planning on clinical practice the following semester.
Clinical practice candidates who are withdrawn from any clinical practice placement, or who voluntarily withdraw after being identified as a candidate in jeopardy, must petition the Student Affairs Committee if they wish to continue their professional preparation program.